Every Voice, Every Vote


Every Voice, Every Vote: Your Guide To WURD’s Coverage of the 2023 Philadelphia Elections

With 10 contenders for the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia’s mayor and many more for city council, this primary election season is one of the busiest in recent years. Philadelphia faces many severe issues – school safety, gun violence, economic inequality, poverty, gentrification, lagging public services, and more.

The conversations taking place about the city’s future are being initiated – and documented – as part of the Every Voice, Every Vote collaborative effort spearheaded by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Lead support of the project is provided by the William Penn Foundation with additional funding from The Lenfest Institute, Peter and Judy Leone, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Harriet and Larry Weiss, and the Wyncote Foundation, among others. 

“Every Voice, Every Vote is one of Philadelphia’s most significant philanthropic investments ever in local journalism and civic engagement. Our work is focused on catalyzing the citizens of Philadelphia, from every neighborhood and community, to lift their voices and determine their own future,” said Lenfest Institute Head of Philadelphia Programs Shawn Mooring, who is leading Every Voice, Every Vote.

As part of the project, WURD Radio is creating opportunities for conversations across the city of Philadelphia, both on-air, online, and at events and forums. Through these activities, WURD Radio is ensuring that Philadelphia’s Black community has access to the information they need to make an informed decision. 

“The Black vote is often taken for granted, and in 2023 WURD is determined to avoid this all too common occurrence,” said Sara M. Lomax, President and CEO of WURD Radio. “The support from the Lenfest Institute that is going to media outlets and community organizations across the city is making it possible for our voices to be heard, loud and clear.”

WURD Radio is hosting special caller segments to give listeners a chance to ask questions of the mayoral candidates – and then reporting back with the answers. WURD has broadcasted live from candidate forums and interviewed mayoral candidates on air. In May, WURD will be hosting a forum just one week before the primary election focusing on inclusive growth in Philadelphia. Every Voice, Every Vote coverage will continue throughout 2023 leading up to the November election. 

Check this page often for curated and original coverage of the city’s election and more from WURD and the partners in the Every Voice, Every Vote coalition. To learn more about the project and view a full list of supporters, visit www.everyvoice-everyvote.org. Editorial content is created independently of the project’s donors.


Candidate interviews on WURD

Warren Bloom

Amen Brown

Jeff Brown

James DeLeon

Allan Domb

Derek Green

Helen Gym

David Oh

Cherelle Parker

Maria Quiñones Sanchez

Rebecca Rhynhart

Every Voice, Every Vote - WURD Caller Segments

Listen to what WURD listeners really care about – and what they need to know before casting their votes:

Ultimate Job Interview

WURD Radio partnered with The Philadelphia Citizen to broadcast the “Ultimate Job Interview” series, where mayoral candidates faced a “hiring panel” of recruiting experts to see if they met the requirements for the job description drafted by Philadelphia residents. Take a listen below!

City Council

Read about the city council races from our Every Voice, Every Vote partners:


April 13: Black Media Matters Forum

Listen to a candidate forum featuring representatives from WURD, the Philadelphia Tribune, Fun Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, moderated by Andrea Lawful Sanders and held at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.

March 30: PHL Arts Mayoral Forum

WURD Radio partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to broadcast a candidate discussion about arts and culture across the city, from policy to participation.

May 9: Philly Tech Week Forum: Inclusion, Innovation and Philadelphia’s Future

How will rapid advances in technology impact the city, its workforce and its future? WURD is examining how each candidate intends to attract business while focusing on inclusive growth.

At this forum, a panel of WURD hosts will engage the mayoral candidates in a discussion of how their plans for technological growth in Philadelphia will include Black residents, students, workers, and entrepreneurs. We want to know which candidate will make sure Black Philadelphia has access to:

  • Cutting-edge tech education
  • Funding and capital
  • High-paying jobs

In partnership with Philly Tech Week, Technical.ly Philly and the University City Science Center



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